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Alpha Nurseries saves Brambles Day Nursery

SADLY, in July 2018 The Preschool Learning Alliance closed the doors to Brambles nursery for the very last time causing a lot of stress and unsettlement for the parents, children and staff. After a very passionate Facebook campaign by the setting’s staff and parents, ‘help save Brambles Nursery from closing’ and support from Suffolk County Council, Alpha Nurseries were able to step in and save Brambles nursery. Brambles Day nursery

reopened its doors on October 29th to many of the old families along with some new faces as well. Alpha Nurseries have so far created six new jobs for people in the local community and this will continue to rise as the nursery grows. Brambles Day Nursery,

which is on the site of the old Reydon Children Centre, now uses the whole building and has created fantastic enabling environments for children aged from 0-5 and for 5-11-year olds in the after school and holiday club. The setting offers both 15

and 30 hour funded places along with private spaces for paying parents. Lucy Ruskin the nursery

manager has said ‘It has taken a lot to set up the nursery, the building was in quite a mess when Alpha Nurseries took over. It has had to be fully deep cleaned along with a lot of work in the garden to make it safe for the children to use. Having put so much work into the nursery has made me love the setting even more. Living in the local area means that I was able to see first hand the impact that the setting closing had on the local area. The lack of other providers in the area meant that families would have to travel long distances for child care or children were missing out on these early year’s experiences all together. It’s fantastic that Alpha have supported me with the setting up of the nursery and reemploying staff that only a few months ago were made unemployed.’ David Finch the managing

director of Alpha Nurseries said ‘when Alpha Nurseries started back in 2008 the main aim was to support families to access good quality childcare regardless of their

THe Parish Council works on behalf of Westhall and makes decisions that affect the local community.


It has several

vacancies for Councillors and would welcome anyone that can spare a couple of hours every other month to attend the meetings. Anyone interested in finding out more please contact parishclerkwesthall@gmail. com or join us in the Village Hall for our next meeting on January 14th 2019. Westhall now has its very


own life-saving community defibrillator located at the Village Hall. It is registered with the Ambulance Service and could be used by anyone to save a life. Our thanks to the Villages Community Fund, Cllr Goldson’s Locality Budget and the Adnam’s Community Trust for their contributions that have made the purchase possible. Training sessions (November 30th and December 3rd) are available to show you how to use the equipment so if you are interested in finding out more, please contact the Parish Clerk for more details. Want to grow your own fresh produce, get some exercise and fresh air? Allotment plots are currently available in the village. Contact Parish Clerk for further details. A Pre-Planning Application Consultation for proposed installation of a telecoms mast on land at Lower Common, Westhall was discussed and approved by the Parish Council.

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economical background which is why we took the decision in 2015 to expand the Alpha Nurseries cluster to include Alpha Community Nurseries that not only look to set up or support smaller settings in rural locations but to also give back a percentage of the profit that the nursery makes to the local community in whatever way the community feels that it will benefit them. Once we heard the plight of Brambles Nursery, we were really keen to get involved and get it back open as it fits with the company ethos really well. We are so glad to have had brilliant feedback from the parents and the staff and many are so surprised at how much the setting has changed for the better in a short space of time.” Katie Stibborn a parent at

the setting said ‘Just been for a guided tour

of the nursery, now that its open again. Only one word: Wow! Such a transformation! It's so

much bigger, cleaner, brighter. The work that Lucy and her new team have put in, inside and out, is astounding. All feels amazingly positive, and great to hear they have already started settling the youngest ones in. After school club restarts on 19th, and my son can't wait. Wonderful to hear all the creative plans Lucy has for the older children as well. We had to pry my son out of there with a crowbar! He didn't want to leave! I know this has been a really

stressful time for everyone, parents, children and staff, but it looks like really positive, and probably overdue, change has come out of it. Thank you to everyone who has worked and campaigned so hard for this, from what I saw tonight, it was totally worth it.’ Sally Hunting followed up

with - Totally agree, it is so much brighter and modern and some of the changes the team have made will really benefit the children- all feels great and the kids are happy (both taken from facebook) On the December 8th

Brambles hosted a successful Community


The event was opened by the Town Crier and raised money for the charity Duchenne UK.

Dee’s Den – Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund

WISHING you all a VeRY Happy New Year! We have now re-opened after our short break enabling our dedicated volunteers to have a well-earned rest! There are great bargains to be

had this month with discounts on much of the stock. We have a wide range of Winter clothes, coats and jackets, shoes and boots to keep you warm and dry. We offer a good selection of reasonably priced clothes for men, women and some baby and children’s clothes too. Lots of accessories – gloves, hats, bags, belts and jewellery to tempt you. We have lots of different offers every day. The £1 rail of clothes is still worth a look too – real bargains are to be had here - renewed frequently as we move unsold clothes on display in the shop to the rail – always outside when the weather is dry. We provide a wide range of

books to suit all tastes, from our amazing stock of fiction and non-fiction books, most only 50p! Children’s books – only 20p! Baby and children’s

equipment including a cot, moses basket, lots of toddler items too are available. We still have a golf trolley and golf bag with all the equipment needed for a round of golf ready for the better weather. A wide range of glass,

kitchenware and tableware, garden items and some plants too. Again, some of our unsold items are now only 20p! We have some small pieces of furniture – chairs, a telephone table, an assortment of small tables. Plenty of jigsaws, games and toys, as toy cupboards have been culled to make room for the new toys! In the linen department – bedding, curtains, cushions, towels, tablecloths too. Cards for a variety of

occasions, wrapping paper, gift bags, folders are also for sale. We have a variety of craft items, knitting needles and wool, remnants, sewing items and a wide range of buttons We had our traditional

Christmas tombola again, thank you to those who donated and


Did you hear about the man who dialled his girlfriend and got the following recording: ‘I am not available right now. I am making some changes in my life. Please leave a message after the beep. If I do not return your call, you are one of the changes.’

Imagine the waiting, the hoping, the elation when the phone rings or the creeping despondency when it remains silent.

Uncertainty. The enemy of peace. It erodes confidence and saps energy. An illness; which way will it go? A relationship; can it be mended? We like to get things sewn up. Set your goals, know where you are going. Of course, this is good – but not always possible. Life has a habit of springing surprises – some welcome, others far from it.

Flight Sergeant Nicholas Stephen Alkemade was a rear gunner in RAF Lancaster bombers during World War Two. On the night of 24 March 1944, the 21-year-old was one of seven crew members returning from a 300 bomber raid on Berlin when they were attacked by a German Ju 88 night-fighter. Their plane caught fire and began to spiral out of control. Because his parachute had gone up in flames, Alkemade jumped from the aircraft without it, preferring to die by impact rather than burn to death. He fell 18,000 feet to the ground below. There was only one thing that seemed certain as he sped towards the ground at 120 mph – he was going to die. But he didn’t. In fact, he only suffered a sprained leg. He fell through the springy outer tips of a pine tree, which buoyed him up, and then landed in deep snow. The Germans who took him into custody took some persuading to believe his story! They did eventually, though, and he became a celebrity prisoner.

In an uncertain world, where outcomes are so difficult to predict, how important it is to know that God is faithful, his love is consistent, and that ultimately, he holds history, including our personal history, in his hands. Christmas is God breaking into the stream of human life so that we could become certain about the things we need to be sure of. If I face loneliness, am I really alone? If I face loss, will He be there to bring His peace and comfort? He wants to be. That’s why He came.

What is there for us to do? ‘The Light of the World’ (1851-53) is a painting by the English Pre- Raphaelite artist, William Holman Hunt, representing the figure of Jesus knocking on an overgrown and long-unopened door. The door has no handle and can therefore only be opened from the inside. Jesus came to this world and knocks on the door of each human heart. He never forces his way in. Some leave the door firmly shut; others welcome Him in. Our response to Him determines whether we go into this New Year with the certainties that we need in the midst of the uncertainties that we don’t choose. John Sparkes

those that had a go! An extra £194.50 was raised. Thankyou Sue for organising this for us. We have a wide range of CDs

and DVDs to choose from at amazingly cheap prices; also vinyl and taped books. We now only accept NeW electrical items. We have a range of electrical items for sale – hair accessories, lamps, kitchen gadgets, beauty products at reduced prices. Delicious homemade jams and marmalade made by Ann provides much of the stock on a regular basis – thank you so much for all you do for us. Bob, Maggie and Judy continue to provide local much needed storage space and Glen helps with electrical items. We are amazed at the

generosity of the community which enables us to offer items at a realistic price to ensure a good turn-over of stock, bringing in much needed funds for the work of this local charity. The Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund continues to provide additional care for those in the last weeks, days of life enabling people to remain at home if that is their wish. We continue to raise money too for the running costs of ‘The Pear Tree Centre – an ‘Information and Support Centre’ for Halesworth and the surrounding 15-mile radius area. The builders moved onto site before Christmas and have started the build! exciting times! This is only possible because of the continued local community support and visitors to our shop. Thank you again for coming and spending! We continue to make good amounts each month, usually over £2000 – great spending thankyou! Donations of clean, usable,

saleable items - clean clothes, household goods, toys, books, kitchenware, unwanted gifts and smaller pieces of furniture are welcome. We also accept clean clothes and household items for recycling – please let us know when dropping them into us – we make several hundred pounds a month. If you have more than

a couple of bags at a time or larger items or need collection, we ask that you phone 07733 668221 and leave a message, so we can phone you back to make arrangements. (Apologies if anyone has phoned and left a message on the voicemail and not heard back – there has been a technical fault – now rectified thank goodness!) Thank you as always to our

fantastic team of volunteers – Linda, eileen, Sue e, Pauline, Jill, Mary, Dot, Katy, Chris, Valda, erica, Anne, Bernadette, Sue, Dawn, Claire, Susie, Sally, Jane, Alison and Irene. If you too are interested in volunteering please contact Nikki in the shop or 07733 668221. Just to remind you Dee’s Den

is open six days a week, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10am – 4pm, Monday, Thursday and Saturday our half days we close at 1pm. Please don’t leave bags of goods at the door if we are closed - just contact us – 07733 668221. You will find Dee’s Den in Steeple end near the church.


Halesworth Campus Public Exhibition

IN advance of our application for planning permission for the Halesworth Campus, the Trustees invite you to attend a public exhibition to be held upstairs at Halesworth Library from Tuesday 22nd January until Saturday 25th January. The exhibition will be available to view each day during normal library opening hours, and the Trustees and our partners will be there to answer your questions about the project on Tuesday 22nd and Saturday 25th from 10am to 4pm. This project is for the

benefit of the community of Halesworth and its surrounding villages. Your opinions matter to us, so please come along and give us your feedback.

Halesworth and District Museum A Boy’s Own Halesworth

THe Museum has just published a new title by a local author. Howard ‘Boozie’ Took was born in Halesworth in 1940 and grew up in a post-war schoolboy world which was short on luxury but big on fun. Along with ‘Top Dog’,

‘Peeny, ‘Porky’ and the rest of the gang, he roamed a landscape still heavily marked by the War – a landscape littered with the abandoned leftovers of warplanes and American aircrew – and sniffed out adventures with the skill of a truffle-hound. This delightful little book

will appeal to those who were born in Halesworth and remember this time, and those who weren’t here then, but want to learn more about it. The book is on sale at the Museum and the Bookshop and we are sure it will prove popular. The Museum will open again in the New Year with a fresh

programme of exhibitions and talks. Do come along and see what we have planned. If you would like to become part of our work, please get in touch with us via the Museum email (office@halesworthmuseum. or pop in and see us at the Museum in Station Buildings at Station Road. There are lots of ways to get involved and lots of satisfaction to be gained from doing so. We would particularly like to hear from people who would be willing to steward at the Museum, perhaps for a couple of hours a week, or flexibly as a ‘reserve’. The Museum would like

to wish all its Friends and supporters a happy and prosperous New Year in 2019 and hope you will come and visit us when we reopen from Tuesday 15th January.






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